Posts Tagged ‘Magnum Square Print Sale’


October 31, 2016



©Alex Webb, “Kochi, India, 2014,” part of “Conditions of the Heart” Magnum Square Print Sale, through Friday, November 4, 2016

“Connection in photography can take many forms. While one typically thinks of the connection in photographing people one knows, there can also be a kind of intimacy with a place or a culture itself. As a street photographer, it is this latter connection that intrigues me. Over the years, I’ve learned that each culture demands its own unique and complicated approach—often with many nuanced variations—in order to photograph the life of its streets. For instance in Mumbai, people sometimes seem so interested in strangers, one may later discover smiling faces peering into the edges of one’s photographs. However, in a city such as Kochi in southern India where I took this photograph, one may also encounter unexpected quieter moments.

Ultimately, no matter how gently and respectfully one tries to photograph in a culture other than one’s own, how long a street photographer can linger is largely thanks to the grace of others.”—Alex Webb

THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016, you can buy Alex’s “Kochi, India, 2014,” a signed archival 6×6-inch print, online at the Magnum Square Print Sale at this link.


June 6, 2016

©Alex Webb, Havana, 1993, from Violet Isle

From THE MORE-OR-LESS DECISIVE MOMENTS, Magnum Photos 5-Day Square Print Sale, June 6-June 10, 2016: Follow this link to purchase Alex’s $100 signed archival print.

“Probably, no photographer has influenced me for as long as Henri Cartier-Bresson. For some 50 years, I’ve been drawn to his early, prewar work with its surreal ambiguity. However, ever since I first saw my father’s copy of The Decisive Moment in the late 1960’s, I’ve been uneasy with the title. The notion of a “decisive moment” seems just too pat, too unpoetic for such a complicated vision. Years later, it was gratifying to discover that the original French title was Images a la Sauvette—“Images on the Sly’—a humbler notion more in the spirit of his early street photographs, work that embraces the mystery and uncertainty of collaborating with the world. “It is the photo that takes you,” as he once said.


There are many photographs of mine that have “taken me.” I chose “Havana, 1993” because Cuba then seemed suspended in time, echoing the feel of the Spanish streets in the 1930’s that Cartier-Bresson photographed so memorably. I suspect that the Cartier-Bresson I knew would have been skeptical of the color of this homage to him— but I’d like to think his younger, surrealistic self would have at least appreciated the two boys in the background with that soccer ball, hovering over their heads, out of reach forever.”—Alex Webb from Magnum Square Print


PHOTO PROJECT 2016: NYC: Spend an intensive week in October in this intimate bookmaking workshop with Alex and Rebecca who’ve together and apart made some 16 books.  We’ll spend the week editing and sequencing a project you’re passionate about, discuss text and how to find a writer for your project and also work with a designer to create a potential book cover or catalogue cover. APPLICATIONS OPEN: JUNE 12, 2016.  Follow this link for more information.

VIOLET ISLE EXHIBITION, MILAN, June 13-September 17, 2016. Opening reception with Alex and Rebecca will be on Tuesday, June 14, at the Leica Galerie and Store Milan



Magnum Square Print Sale Thru Nov. 13

November 9, 2015


FIVE DAYS ONLY:  Magnum Photos is offering Alex’s above print as part of its UP CLOSE & PERSONAL $100 SQUARE PRINT SALE.  The sale lasts through Nov. 13, which is fitting because that’s the day we were married 16 years ago this week (the photograph appeared on our wedding invitation), a day we both consider to be the best day of our lives, surrounded by loving family and friends.  All the proceeds from the sale will be used to fund our two new collaborative projects.

Here’s where you can order the print online. Many of you may already know this image because it’s in Alex’s “The Suffering of Light” book as well as our Aperture workshop book, “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image.”  And below you’ll find Alex’s story behind the making of the photograph.—Rebecca

“In 1996 after returning from the US-Mexico border, I showed my new work to Rebecca Norris, who I’d been seeing for some six months. When we came to this photograph from Nuevo Laredo, Rebecca smiled bemusedly and said, ‘muy romantico.’ Looking again, I began to see that it does indeed strike a different note. Although inhabited by those deep shadows that characterize much of my border work, this particular photograph is quieter, more lyrical. It’s as if it’s human moments—the couple embracing, the father holding his child—somehow manage to keep the darkness at bay, at least briefly.

Photographers don’t just find photographs; sometimes photographs find photographers. In retrospect, it hardly seems surprising that this photograph found me when it did—as I was falling for the remarkable woman and lyrical photographer who’s the love of my life.

Three years later, we printed this photograph on our wedding invitations.”—Alex Webb